March, 2019

Tech That Can Make The Freelance Economy Sustainable

YoungUpstarts

by Peter Johnston , founder and CEO of Kalo. Full-time employment affords individual staff members access to healthcare benefits, paid sick leave and several other notable amenities. But what about freelancers?

8 All Too Painful Entrepreneur Negotiation Mistakes

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay One of the things I have learned the hard way over my years in business, and in advising others, is that it takes more than passion, creativity, and hard work to start and grow a business.

How To Make Your Home Office 5 Times More Productive

YoungUpstarts

by Rory Whelan, marketing manager for eReceptionist. Over four million Brits work from home, lured by the promise of a flexible and balanced lifestyle.

Venture Deals Online Course – Spring 2019 Registration Is Open

Feld Thoughts

We are running the Venture Deals Online Course again. Registration is now open and it runs from April 7, 2019 – May 31, 2019. It’s produced by Kauffman Fellows Academy and Techstars. We’ve run the course four times now and have had over 15,000 people take it.

Conversations with ASUG

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Merriam-Webster defines ecology as a "branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments". If ecologists were to study today's software vendors they would be fascinated not just by how the core organism functions but by the.

One Simple Way to Eliminate Distractions in a Board Meeting

Both Sides of the Table

Don’t Get Left Behind As Your Company Grows

Steve Blank

If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up.

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How To Take Your Handyman Career To The Next Level

YoungUpstarts

Being a handy-man offers a lot of mobility and freedom. You develop relationships with all your clients and become known in the neighborhood as someone trustworthy. Plus, you know how to fix everything in your own house. This is a huge benefit if you’re trying to do remodeling.

Techstars MetLife Looking for Companies Addressing Mental Health

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been open about my journey with depression and the importance of addressing and destigmatizing issues around mental health.

SAP Nation 3.0 Excerpts: A tapestry of customers and strategies

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My new book is now available to buy here in print version, and for pre-order in the Kindle version. As with my earlier books, I will excerpt roughly 10% of the 400 page book in a series of posts on. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) SAP Nation, the book

How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Juliette F on Unsplash Networking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial “breaking of bread” with people.

How Do I Know When I’m Done with Customer Discovery?

Grasshopper Herder

Is the customer discovery process one of your pain points? Find out how many interviews you should do, how often, and how to process the information quickly so you can move on to your build in no time. The post How Do I Know When I’m Done with Customer Discovery? appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup User Experience & Research Customer Segmentation & Personas Generative Market Research Hypothesis Driven Development lean startup

9 Strategies For Maximizing Your Social Media Impact

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are an entrepreneur these days, or trying to grow an existing business, everyone is telling you that you need to use social media. There are many ‘experts’ out there telling you how to do it, or even offering their services.

Preventing Stupid: 3 Questions Every Business Owner Must Ask

YoungUpstarts

by Matthew Neill Davis, Esq., author of “ The Art of Preventing Stupid: How to Build a Stronger Business Strategy through Better Risk Management “ A recent Internet search for “problems in business” on Google produced 1.76 billion entries, often a list of the top 20 or 10.

Anti-VR

Feld Thoughts

A central theme of science fiction over the past 20 years has been the dystopian future of humans, laying on couches, connected to machines that feed them and process their waste, while they interact with a virtual world.

Oracle Applications: a new chapter?

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Steve Miranda, EVP, Applications Product Development at Oracle briefed analysts about this week's co-located Modern Business Experience (MBX) and Modern Customer Experience (MCX) in Las Vegas. He also blogged about it: "we are bringing together marketing, sales, and service with. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Lyft S-1: Kicking Off the Decacorn Bonanza of 2019

View from Seed

Lyft’s S-1 dropped on Friday. 2019 is shaping up to be the year the dam broke for decacorn IPOs, with Lyft, Uber, AirBnB, Pinterest, et al in the queue. I’ve been looking thru S-1s for many years, out of intellectual curiosity to better understand how remarkable businesses work.

How WiFi Marketing Can Help Restaurants Boost Customer Loyalty

Up and Running

In today’s ultra-competitive marketplace, restaurants have the challenging and sometimes unenviable task of making their brand stand out from all the others. For newer businesses, it can be even more difficult due to a smaller budget and fewer loyal customers.

6 Actions To Find The Perfect Angel For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Max Pixel Fundraising is brutal. Actually, according to Paul Graham of Y-Combinator fame, “Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want.”

[INTERVIEW] Brandon Seigel, President, Wellness Works Management Partners, Madison, Wisconsin

YoungUpstarts

Brandon Seigel is targeting his business talent toward helping health practitioners in private practice, and at the same time filling a niche he recognized when helping a family member shore up a practice that was in a tailspin.

How to Build a Successful Startup Ecosystem in your City

Feld Thoughts

I participated in a one hour Crowdcast yesterday with Techstars and 43 North about How to Build a Successful Startup Ecosystem in your City. Some of the thoughts from my upcoming book The Startup Community Way are in the hour, along with a bunch of things Techstars is doing around this initiative. powered by Crowdcast.

Brian Sommer guest column: The origin story of "Digital with Impact"

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Vinnie’s readers might not know that he and I frequently team up on larger client projects. Yes, we’ve been arch-enemies at times but have done lots of deals and even launched a dot-com together. About two years ago, we noticed

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What’s the Difference? Venture Capitalist vs. Angel Investor

The Startup Magazine

Most entrepreneurs are aware that securing investments in their companies could be essential to the short-term growth and long-term success of their venture. It can often be confusing to know which investment type might work best for an entrepreneur and business.

The 7 Key Components of a Perfect Elevator Pitch [With Video]

Up and Running

Whether you are trying to raise money from angel investors or venture capitalists for your business, or just want to perfect your business strategy, a solid elevator pitch is an essential tool for achieving your goals.

10 Business Plan Tips Too Many Entrepreneurs Forget

Startup Professionals Musings

If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. Don't confuse your business plan with a doctoral thesis or the back of a napkin. Keep the wording and formatting straightforward, and keep the plan short.

Entrepreneurial Essentials – The Foundations Of A Successful Startup

YoungUpstarts

So you have a great business idea, you’ve done your research and due diligence, you know your market and you are good at what you do. What could go wrong?

Simple, Complicated, and Complex Systems

Feld Thoughts

A Simple, a Complicated, and a Complex system walk into a bar. Simple says to the bartender, “Can I have a drink?” The bartender gives Simple a glass of water. Complicated says to the bartender, “Can I have a Rum Martinez?”

Denis Pombriant: Green New Deal is a tipping point

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Many of you may know Denis Pombriant as a CRM analyst. He is way deeper than that as his bio says "Denis Pombriant lives in the Boston area and writes about the enterprise software market. Denis specializes in disruptive innovation. Sustainability, Green Computing

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The Lean LaunchPad Class: It’s the same, but different

Steve Blank

It’s the same, but different. We just finished the 8 th annual Lean LaunchPad class at Stanford. The team presentations are at the end of this post. It’s hard to imagine, but only a decade ago, the capstone entrepreneurship class in most universities was how to write – or pitch- a business plan. As a serial entrepreneur turned educator, this didn’t make sense to me. In my experience, I saw that most business plans don’t survive first contact with customers.

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Startup Accelerator/Funding Opportunity: AEP’s IlluminationLAB

The Startup Magazine

In an effort to support startups looking for capital and mentorship, The Startup Magazine is supporting American Electric Power in the launch of its IlluminationLAB global innovation program for technology entrepreneurs.

Artificial Intelligence Can Help Or Hurt Any Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Everyone has heard about the big potential for using artificial intelligence (AI) to expand your business, but many of the small businesses I mentor are still wary of embracing it, because they don’t understand how it works, and fear losing control and unintended consequences.

Don’t Just Think Like A Startup, Execute Like One Too

YoungUpstarts

by Winson Wong, Head of Business Development for Connected Solutions. I’m sure you hear a lot of people in corporate talk about design thinking, user-centric design, innovate like a startup in order to move faster and challenge the status quo. You attend conferences, visit startups and read books.

Book: Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

Feld Thoughts

I read Roger McNamee’s book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe the day it came out. While likely uncomfortable for a lot of people, it was excellent, provocative, and challenging all at the same time. I have not, nor have I ever been, an investor in Facebook. However, I benefited indirectly from, and indirectly contributed to, the rapid rise of Facebook as an early investor in Zynga.

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SAP Nation 3.0 excerpts: Chapter 2 The Enterprise Computing "Continent" in the 2000s

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My new book is now available to buy here in print version, and for pre-order in the Kindle version (will be released on Friday). As with my earlier books, I am excerpting roughly 10% of the 400 page book in. SAP Nation, the book

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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Affect Your Small Business

Up and Running

It’s no secret that operating a small business is hard work. You devote tons of time and energy to making smart decisions, driving profits, and doing your best to keep your taxes low. Now that tax season is just around the corner you’re probably wondering (or outright worrying!)

Startup Feature: Football, Tennis, and Rugby Sports and Safety Surfaces

The Startup Magazine

The sports facilities services can give the right thought in UK. so the specialists can carry various projects from all over the country. It is one of the ways which gives the right deal to get experiences.

5 Alternatives To Shutting Down A Struggling Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are just plain tired of working so hard, or your startup is not getting the traction you expected, should you shut down cleanly, or just file for bankruptcy and walk away? For those who think that bankruptcy is the easy way out, think again.